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Artificial Surface-Mounted Molecular Rotors

Josef Michl*

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado,
Boulder, CO 80309-0215 USA

This is an abstract for a presentation given at the
10th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology


We describe experimental and molecular dynamics computer simulation work on surface-mounted rotors driven by fluid flow or by rotating electric field. The rotors are of two types: azimutal, with an axle normal to the surface, and altitudinal, with an axle parallel to the surface and mounted on posts. The attachment to the surface relies on standard techniques (sulfur-based functionalities on gold and silicon-based functionalities on quartz). We are interested both in the independent rotor limit and in the antiferroelectric and ferroelectric collective response limits of strongly interacting dipolar rotors. Potential applications of surface-mounted rotors will be outlined.

*Corresponding Address:
Josef Michl
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado
Cristol Chemistry 127, Boulder, CO 80309-0215 USA
Phone: (303) 492-6519 Fax: (303) 492-0799


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